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Ira Aldridge : the Negro tragedian

Author: Herbert Marshall; Mildred Stock
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On March 25, 1833, celebrated English actor Edmund Kean collapsed on stage at Covent Garden while playing the role of Othello and died shortly thereafter. Sixteen days later, young Ira Aldridge, an American-born black actor, replaced Edmund Kean in the role of the Moor. "Suddenly, members of the press were up in arms," and a real-life drama escalated, with all of London the stage."--BOOK JACKET. "The late  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Ira Frederick Aldridge; Ira Frederick Aldridge
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Marshall; Mildred Stock
ISBN: 0882581503 9780882581507
OCLC Number: 27897222
Notes: Originally published: New York : Macmillan ; London : Rockliff, 1958.
Description: xix, 355 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue: It came to pass --
Descendant of a princely line? --
The African free school --
The African theatre --
First year in England --
Early provincial tours --
"Something so absurd about it" --
Covent Garden Theatre --
The Surrey Theatre and after --
Patrons --
First continental tour --
Chevalier Ira Aldridge, K. S. --
St. Petersburg --
Back in England --
Moscow --
The provinces of Russia --
Family life --
The last years.
Responsibility: Herbert Marshall and Mildred Stock ; with an introduction by Errol Hill.

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"On March 25, 1833, celebrated English actor Edmund Kean collapsed on stage at Covent Garden while playing the role of Othello and died shortly thereafter. Sixteen days later, young Ira Aldridge, an American-born black actor, replaced Edmund Kean in the role of the Moor. "Suddenly, members of the press were up in arms," and a real-life drama escalated, with all of London the stage."--BOOK JACKET. "The late biographers Herbert Marshall and Mildred Stock recreate this drama, which included a huge cast of characters: An adoring following among the common folk in the English provinces. The manager of Covent Garden, one Pierre Francois Laporte, a Frenchman who mixed business with liberal ideas about race. Theatre critics who relished calling Aldridge a "black servant" even as they idealized Shakespeare's peasant background. The proslavery lobby, at that very moment fighting its last battle."--BOOK JACKET. "Aldridge had come to London from New York City at age seventeen and for eight years had performed in the English provinces. In April 1833, he stood at the very heart of the Empire, beloved Covent Garden. Thrust out after only two performances, he was catapulted, in a wonderfully ironic twist, onto a world stage that included all of Europe and Russia. He would eventually return to conquer London, decked with medals of distinction."--BOOK JACKET.

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